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Posts from October, 2008

Older generation ”becoming more adventurous” on holiday

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Older people are becoming more adventurous in their choice of holiday, an industry insider has claimed.

Elder members of society are increasingly likely venture further outside Europe than before, including destinations such as Austrialia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Derek Moore, chairman of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), said: "The older generation are travelling more. Their kids have grown up and are much more self-sufficient these days so they are able to have a look at a bit more disposable income.

"I think with the older generation, when they were growing up a holiday was looked upon as being once a year, a treat."

He added that other destination such as the USA and south-east Asia "are always going to be popular spots" as well as countries in north Africa, for example.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that UK residents” visits abroad remained roughly the same at 17.8 million from 2007 to 2008, with their expenditure while abroad increasing by four per cent to £9.4 billion.

Seniors – Historic Tours – From the Roman Empire to the second world war, these tours bring world history to life.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18811436-ADNFCR

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Older generation ”becoming more adventurous” on holiday

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Older people are becoming more adventurous in their choice of holiday, an industry insider has claimed.

Elder members of society are increasingly likely venture further outside Europe than before, including destinations such as Austrialia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Derek Moore, chairman of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), said: "The older generation are travelling more. Their kids have grown up and are much more self-sufficient these days so they are able to have a look at a bit more disposable income.

"I think with the older generation, when they were growing up a holiday was looked upon as being once a year, a treat."

He added that other destination such as the USA and south-east Asia "are always going to be popular spots" as well as countries in north Africa, for example.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that UK residents” visits abroad remained roughly the same at 17.8 million from 2007 to 2008, with their expenditure while abroad increasing by four per cent to £9.4 billion.

Seniors – Historic Tours – From the Roman Empire to the second world war, these tours bring world history to life.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18811436-ADNFCR

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Older generation ”becoming more adventurous” on holiday

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Older people are becoming more adventurous in their choice of holiday, an industry insider has claimed.

Elder members of society are increasingly likely venture further outside Europe than before, including destinations such as Austrialia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Derek Moore, chairman of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), said: "The older generation are travelling more. Their kids have grown up and are much more self-sufficient these days so they are able to have a look at a bit more disposable income.

"I think with the older generation, when they were growing up a holiday was looked upon as being once a year, a treat."

He added that other destination such as the USA and south-east Asia "are always going to be popular spots" as well as countries in north Africa, for example.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that UK residents” visits abroad remained roughly the same at 17.8 million from 2007 to 2008, with their expenditure while abroad increasing by four per cent to £9.4 billion.

Seniors – Historic Tours – From the Roman Empire to the second world war, these tours bring world history to life.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18811436-ADNFCR

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Older generation ”becoming more adventurous” on holiday

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Older people are becoming more adventurous in their choice of holiday, an industry insider has claimed.

Elder members of society are increasingly likely venture further outside Europe than before, including destinations such as Austrialia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Derek Moore, chairman of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), said: "The older generation are travelling more. Their kids have grown up and are much more self-sufficient these days so they are able to have a look at a bit more disposable income.

"I think with the older generation, when they were growing up a holiday was looked upon as being once a year, a treat."

He added that other destination such as the USA and south-east Asia "are always going to be popular spots" as well as countries in north Africa, for example.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that UK residents” visits abroad remained roughly the same at 17.8 million from 2007 to 2008, with their expenditure while abroad increasing by four per cent to £9.4 billion.

Seniors – Historic Tours – From the Roman Empire to the second world war, these tours bring world history to life.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18811436-ADNFCR

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Fighting men of Shirahama aim to please the gods

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The unusual spectacle of the Nada Fighting Festival is to take place once again this year, in the Japanese town of Shirahama in the Wakayama prefecture.

From October 14th-15th, during ”Nada no Kenka Matsuri” the men of Shirahama will don traditional dress and fight staged mass fights with bamboo poles as they try to assert the dominance of their portable wooden shrines known as ”mikoshi” to please the gods.

Wearing coloured headbands which divide them into age categories, three teams of 70 men battle their way across the town before assembling at Matsubara Hachiman Shrine for the festival”s climax.

The real highlight of the event, however, is the parade of Yatai floats which are illuminated and grow ever more spectacular as the night falls.

Known all over Japan, this is the most famous of the country”s fight festivals.

Shirahama a short drive from Himeji Castle which was the first site in Japan to be placed on UNESCO”s World Heritage list – the perfect complement to this unusual and historic festival.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18809245-ADNFCR

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French ice racers set to get their wheels in a spin

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Speeding round tarmac circuits or across dirt tracks is obviously not challenging enough for some drivers, as the annual Andros Trophy ice racing series moves towards its conclusion in December.

The prestigious annual competition pits top drivers against not only one another but also the unpredictable surface beneath their wheels – sheer ice.

Big-name drivers have always been attracted to the event, including ex-Formula One driver and reigning Andros Trophy champion Alain Prost – and this grand finale at Saint Dié des Vosges promised to draw a crowd.

Inaugurated in 1990, the Andros Trophy is the brainchild of two keen rugby fans, who perhaps wanted to see some of the carnage that can unfold in their own sport applied to motor racing.

The construction of the ice circuit is a carefully executed affair, as the team responsible spend weeks carefully spraying and freezing layers of water to ensure an even racing surface.

Although all of that usual falls by the wayside as the drivers tear around the track in their modified rally car-style vehicles.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18809240-ADNFCR

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Artists to compete in the medium of ice

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Tourists and locals alike will flock to Livigno for the annual Art in Ice competition this December.

Taking place in the small city of Livigno in the Lombardy region, this year”s event is the thirteenth edition of the contest, which aims to honour the world”s top artists working in the medium of ice.

Between December 2nd-6th, ten national teams of three sculptors will chip, hack and carve away at three-metre blocks of compressed snow as they try to outdo one-another for the prestigious prize.

The artists will use a variety of manual and automatic techniques and methods, with their interpretations of the medium left entirely open.

Ice sculpting and carving is becoming an increasingly common sight across the world, with a number of similar contests and festivals rewarding this most unique artform.

Unless an unexpected early thaw intervenes, the sculptures will stay on display until March next year.

Ice is becoming an increasing popular construction medium in the tourism industry, with a number of ice hotels opening throughout the winter in the world”s colder regions.

Special Interest – Nightlife – From an extravagant meal to an eerie ghost walk – plenty of things to keep you entertained after the sun goes down.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18807408-ADNFCR

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”Holidays will make us happy” says the public

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Taking a holiday is one of the most important factors in your happiness, according to new research.

A survey has found that 90 per cent of people include holidays at one of the five most important things that will make you happy, beating owning your own home and being in a relationship, among other factors.

The poll of 1,000 of its customers this summer by website kayak.co.uk also found that 98 per cent of people would forgo luxuries in order to afford a holiday.

Indications are that, despite the growing economic gloom, the UK holiday industry remains buoyant.

According to Lonely Planet author David Else, "the actual number of people (young and old) travelling the world or taking a simpler/shorter holiday has not been impacted much".

In a recent article for the Times, Nick Hasell says neither of the UK”s two biggest tour operators, TUI and Thomson, have yet to suffer "any fallout from the consumer downturn".

The firms” closest competitor XL went out of business earlier this summer, but this was due to rising fuel costs as opposed to a fall in consumer demand.

Relaxation and Romance – Wining and Dining – Dine in some unforgettable settings including the Eiffel Tower and in the shadow of the New York skyline.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18807399-ADNFCR

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”Holidays will make us happy” says the public

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Taking a holiday is one of the most important factors in your happiness, according to new research.

A survey has found that 90 per cent of people include holidays at one of the five most important things that will make you happy, beating owning your own home and being in a relationship, among other factors.

The poll of 1,000 of its customers this summer by website kayak.co.uk also found that 98 per cent of people would forgo luxuries in order to afford a holiday.

Indications are that, despite the growing economic gloom, the UK holiday industry remains buoyant.

According to Lonely Planet author David Else, "the actual number of people (young and old) travelling the world or taking a simpler/shorter holiday has not been impacted much".

In a recent article for the Times, Nick Hasell says neither of the UK”s two biggest tour operators, TUI and Thomson, have yet to suffer "any fallout from the consumer downturn".

The firms” closest competitor XL went out of business earlier this summer, but this was due to rising fuel costs as opposed to a fall in consumer demand.

Relaxation and Romance – Wining and Dining – Dine in some unforgettable settings including the Eiffel Tower and in the shadow of the New York skyline.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18807399-ADNFCR

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”Holidays will make us happy” says the public

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Taking a holiday is one of the most important factors in your happiness, according to new research.

A survey has found that 90 per cent of people include holidays at one of the five most important things that will make you happy, beating owning your own home and being in a relationship, among other factors.

The poll of 1,000 of its customers this summer by website kayak.co.uk also found that 98 per cent of people would forgo luxuries in order to afford a holiday.

Indications are that, despite the growing economic gloom, the UK holiday industry remains buoyant.

According to Lonely Planet author David Else, "the actual number of people (young and old) travelling the world or taking a simpler/shorter holiday has not been impacted much".

In a recent article for the Times, Nick Hasell says neither of the UK”s two biggest tour operators, TUI and Thomson, have yet to suffer "any fallout from the consumer downturn".

The firms” closest competitor XL went out of business earlier this summer, but this was due to rising fuel costs as opposed to a fall in consumer demand.

Relaxation and Romance – Wining and Dining – Dine in some unforgettable settings including the Eiffel Tower and in the shadow of the New York skyline.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18807399-ADNFCR

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